Guidelines for Feline Adoptions

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Does your cat have an upper respiratory infection?
Some symptoms may include:
Sneezing, nasal discharge, runny eyes, cough, oral or nasal ulcers, sniffles, fever, hoarse voice, or any combination thereof.



Congrats on adopting! Please understand that the next 2 weeks are the most important weeks for your rescue(s). Your new pet will be experiencing many of the same feelings as you- excitement, happiness, and nervousness! Just like people, animals’ responses to changes and transitions are unique. Some cats will come right out of the carrier and settle in as if they have known you and lived with you their entire lives; while others may hide, declining all delicious meals you prepare for them. Both responses are completely normal and do not reflect how they will behave once fully acclimated.

RNR requires a MANDATORY 48-72 hr. post adoption wellness checkup and stool sample check for ALL cats. IF your veterinarian is unable to accommodate this, please schedule the earliest possible appointment and request to drop off the stool sample within 48-72 hrs. Most veterinarian offices will oblige. It is important to test the stool early as these cats have been on broad spectrum dewormers and now that they are placed, the deworming schedule is discontinued. A fecal float will tell your veterinarian if there are any stubborn parasites or protozoans that require a more specific dewormer. Please wait until the fecal float results are in before introducing to kitty siblings already in the home to ensure there is no cross contamination between your new pet and your prince and princesses already residing in your home.

It is in your best interests to give your new pet time and space to warm up to their new human parents before meeting any four-legged siblings. Since the transition from foster to rescue to new home can trigger stress and illness, we want to ensure the timing is right! If your new pet starts to cough or sneeze, this separation will ensure the kitty cold or illness does not spread throughout the household. Please read the article pinned on our site Does your cat have an upper respiratory infection?

GOOD NEWS!!!! We are here for you!!!!! Please use us as a sounding board or resource. We offer a wealth of information! Many of these cats and kittens have travelled quite a way to be with you- they are what we call our southern belles! We KNOW these kitties! We have been caring for them and tending to their needs for quite a while prior to their adoption day! Additionally, we are well versed in shelter and southern acquired illnesses. We have pretty much seen it all- from A-Z. Please utilize our knowledge and reach out to us to discuss any medical or behavioral concerns via the group text thread.

  • REACH OUT if your kitten is sneezing, coughing, wheezing, has a runny nose, congestion, eye discharge, is vomiting, goes limp with fast breathing or becomes lethargic, has very foul-smelling stool, blood in stool, diarrhea, worms, or other symptoms.
  • If ANY symptoms occur, please IMMEDIATELY contact Juli and Marla via GROUP TEXT at our cell numbers listed on all our emails to you at any hour for guidance.


Dr. Anna Podgorska
Norwalk Animal Hospital
330 Main Ave.
Norwalk, CT 06851

Dr. Carol Gamez
Georgetown Veterinary Hospital
53 Redding Rd.
Georgetown, CT 06829

Dr. Clifford Heidinger
Ridgefield Animal Hospital
614 Main St.
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Dr. Andrew Frishman
Progressive Animal Hospital
Somers Town Centre
268 Route 202
Somers, NY 10589
(free wellness exam and deworming plus discounts)

Dr. Cary Brenner/Dr Nadja Raver
Fieldstone Veterinary Clinic
4 Cottontail Rd
New Fairfield, CT 06812
(Free wellness exam and discounts too!)

Dr. Jose Pla
Carlstadt Animal Hospital
413 Hackensack St.
Carlstadt, NJ 07072
(Our vet especially for dental)

Putnam Animal Wellness Clinic
Inside the Pet Kraze Pet Store
100 Independent Way
Brewster, NY 10509

Pet Store Recommendations

100-A Independent Way
Brewster, NY 10509

Choice Pet
125 Danbury Rd, Unit 6
Ridgefield, CT 06877

Ridgefield Pet
23 Danbury Rd.
Ridgefield, CT 06877


Kittens – 1⁄2 can small can food 2x a day (more if growing and finishing).

Adult Cats – 1/2-3/4 can 2x a day, Adult PREMIUM (NO Meow Mix Deli Cat etc… can cause health problems).

For All CATS – 1⁄4 cup Dry Food all day UNLESS cat is overweight (then give more canned) — Water changed 2-3x a day.

Chicken varieties of food are gentler to the stomach. Most cats/kittens have been
on SCIENCE DIET HEALTHY DEVELOPMENT WET AND DRY or Royal Canin Kitten Food. Cats are Lactose INTOLERANT so no milk. They can have Kitten Formula or watered Goat Milk.

Poultry baby food, finely chopped rotisserie/cooked chicken or turkey (no skin or spices), are all ok to feed – DO NOT FEED UNCOOKED MEAT OR FISH and no salt cooked fish — Watch out for PLANTS and RUMBERBANDS/HAIR TIES/WIRES – cats are attracted to all.


Fresh Step non clumping – is preferred to start (one box per floor/ one box per cat). NO electronic or hooded litter boxes initially especially for several months for kittens. Never use a doored litterbox.